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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LWV Forum Focuses on Money in Politics

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The League of Women Voters of Westport tonight sponsored a Westport Town Hall forum on “The Problem with Money in Politics.” Participants included (l-r) Jeff Clements, author of “Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Business and Global Corporations,” former state Sen. John McKinney, and Kim Hynes, senior organizer of Common Cause in Connecticut, and Alison Rivard, LWV state board member. All panelists agreed there is too much money in politics. “I would rather see 400 individuals contribute $5 each rather than have a wealthy person contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said McKinney, of Fairfied. “Sad to say, very few people give to a political campaign.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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LWV Hosts Westport Forum


Scenes from tonight’s League of Women Voters of Westport forum at Westport Town Hall. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, April 20, 2015

LWV Panel to Examine ‘Money in Politics’

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John McKinney: former state senator. Contributed photo

“The Trouble With Money in Politics” is the topic of a panel discussion to be presented by the League of Women Voters of Westport on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Westport Town Hall. 

The panelists will be Jeff Clements, author of “Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money & Global Corporations;” John McKinney, former state senator and senate majority leader, and Cheri Quickmire, executive director of Common Cause of Connecticut. 

Allison Rivard, vice president of public isssues for the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, will present the state league’s advocacy on campaign finance reform.

The program is free and open to the public.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Himes Has Biggest War Chest

By Ann Radalet

www.ctmirror.org

Washington – While it seems they ended their last campaigns just a short while ago, the members of Connecticut’s House delegation have begun raising money for their re-election efforts.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, raised nearly $275,000 in the first three months of this year, her campaign’s latest filings with the Federal Election Commission show. That was the most any member of the House delegation raised in the period. She ended the first quarter with about $225,000 in cash on hand.

Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, reported having the most money on hand, about $1.1 million. He raised $143,000 in the first quarter. The congressional districts Esty and Himes represent are considered the most competitive in Connecticut.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Aid-In-Dying Bill Fails To Get A Vote By Legislative Committee

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The late Bill Meyer of Westport appeared in a 2013 campaign to pass the controversial legislation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

For the third time in three years, aid-in-dying legislation has stalled at the state Capitol, the Hartford Courant said tonight.

Advocates on both sides of the emotional issue say the legislature’s Judiciary Committee has opted not to vote on House Bill 7015, which would have permitted terminally ill patients to request a doctor’s help to end their lives, the report said.

The measure is unlikely to move forward without the committee’s endorsement, according to the newspaper.

“Each year that lawmakers fail to act prolongs the suffering for thousands of terminally ill Connecticut residents and the people who love them,’’ said Tim Appleton, Connecticut campaign director for Compassion & Choices, a national group promoting aid-in-dying legislation in statehouses around the nation.

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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Malloy Rescinds Ban on State-Funded Travel to Indiana

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today rescinded his ban on state-funded travel to Indiana in response to what he called that state’s positive step toward clarifying a religious freedom law many deemed discriminatory to gays and lesbians.

“I believe the change enacted by the Indiana legislature sufficiently clarifies, in our interpretation, that the law cannot be used to invite discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity,” Malloy said in an emailed statement.

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Murphy on Iran: ‘I Believe in Negotiations’

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UPDATE U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) told the Westport Weston Y’s Men today he supports the nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying, “I believe in diplomacy.” Speaking at the Unitarian Church in Westport hours before announcement of agreement on an outline of limits on Iran’s nuclear program, he said negotiations are the “best option amongst many bad options to try to divorce Iran from its nuclear weapons future.” After the announcement, Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that “we all agree that a final agreement must prevent a nuclear Iran, and a senior State Department official assured me again this afternoon that negotiators in the room share that belief.” Murphy also told the Y’s Men his concern, and his frustration, is that “so many members of Congress still view America’s role in the world simply as a military influencer.” He said there is a growing need to “build conflict resolution skills that we simply don’t possess today… to counter extremism and try to win friends.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Rowland Sentenced to 30 Months

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John Rowland has earned a second term — a second term behind bars. Rowland, a 57-year-old former Connecticut governor, received a 30-month sentence today in U.S. District Court in New Haven for conspiring to hide work he did for a failed 2012 Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, Lisa Wilson-Foley. Click here for more of story. —ctmirror.org (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Paul Bass/New Haven Independent photo

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Democrats Honor David Noonan & Ted Diamond

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The Westport Democratic Town Committee today honored two Westport Democrats with inaugural awards at a brunch at Rive Bistro. David Noonan (l) received the 2015 Dora Stuttman Campaign Leadership Award awarded to the “volunteer from the most recent campaign whose energy, enthusiasm, and commitment was an inspiration to others,” and Ted Diamond received the 2015 Martha Aasen Yellow Dog Democrat Award presented “in recognition of service ‘above and beyond’ to the principles of the Democratic Party and its success.” Diamond, who served as second selectman under First Selectman Jackie Heneage, is a World War II bomber navigator and learned Friday that the French government has awarded him the Insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor for his efforts in liberating France. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Himes Announces Flooding Study

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4) today announced that he has secured $300,000 in federal funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a feasibility study aimed at curbing flooding in Fairfield County.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes at the Stamford roundtable today with participants including Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury and Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The study will include coastal areas that were devastated by Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, as well as communities that have been plagued by frequent flooding for decades, an announcement said.

“This Army Corps of Engineers study is a critical first step toward a long-term action plan to address the dangerous and costly flooding that has plagued Fairfield County for generations,” said Himes.

He announced the study at a roundtable discussion in Stamford with local officials, town engineers, public works directors and emergency management personnel, including Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury and Deputy Chief Robert Kepchar.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Political Theater

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State legislators representing Westport held a Town Hall meeting tonight in the Community Theatre in the basement of Westport Town Hall. The meeting covered a wide range of topics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Quinnipiac Poll: Pot Does Better Than Malloy, Casinos

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

A Quinnipiac University poll released today shows that Connecticut has grown comfortable with the existing casino industry, but that proponents of expansion face a significant sales job in the months ahead.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s first post-election job rating was his worst in two years, but his lenient policies toward the possession of marijuana were overwhelmingly favored by voters.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Westport Legislators to Host Another Community Forum

Metro-North’s ailing commuter rail system, highway infrastructure needs, the talk of bringing back tolls and the specter of the state’s affordable housing statute 8-30g will be among myriad topics Westport legislators will discuss at a public forum set for Thursday, March 12.

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Taking part: (l-r) State Sens. Toni Boucher, Tony Hwang, state Reps. Gail Lavielle, and Jonathan Steinberg. Contributed photos

It will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, according to an announcement today.

State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28), Toni Boucher (R-26), state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) and Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-136) will be on hand to explain their positions and answer the public’s questions at the town hall style meeting.

State officials urged those who are unable to attend to connect with their legislators by calling or visiting their websites.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Registrars of Voters Jobs on Way Out?

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

A countdown began today toward a debate over scrapping Connecticut’s unique system of relying on locally elected registrars of voters, one for each major party, to carry out elections in all 169 cities and towns.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill outlined legislation that would replace the Republican and Democratic registrars with a single, non-partisan official appointed by the local governing authority.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Malloy Budget Cuts Social Services, Higher Ed; Raises Tax Revenue

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

UPDATE Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today unveiled a nearly $40 billion, two-year budget that boosts tax receipts $830 million despite a sales tax cut, preserves municipal aid and cuts deeply into social services and higher education.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy outlines his budget proposal today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alvin Chang/Ctmirror.org photo

The governor’s plan also outlines a major transportation initiative, but does not recommend how to pay for it. But the administration’s projections show it would require $112 million in new transportation revenues by 2018 and $400 million above current revenues by 2020.

And while the transportation initiative is billed as a $100 billion investment over 30 years, only about $5.1 billion extra would be spent on projects over the governor’s four-year term.

Malloy also would close one unnamed state prison and redirect a portion of the savings to his “Second Chance Society” plan, an initiative to reduce criminal recidivism and assist youth at risk of becoming offenders.

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